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Sam passed away in 2007 and this is the first I've been able to bring myself to post a picture of him. He loved to go out with me and traipse the desert while I took photos and that is probably what I miss the most, that silent, patient companionship. The dog people will get this:
We commune with our canine friends as part of one of the oldest sucker's games in creation.
We get the best part of the deal in each of these relationships; we know it, and the dogs don't care. This is true for them all, from the most petite little curly clown, to the great, shambling galoots. When their time is at its end, we are left owing the canine world yet another debt. Which we can only attempt to discharge - through our next canine pal. And so the wheel keeps turning.
With each dog, our relationship is informed by those we've had with all of our dogs. That's why I like to say that when our time with our old dogs come to an end, they become a part, once again, of all good dogs.
That's what they are, now and for all time.
They'll be back; they'll all be back. You know it when, once more, bright eyes lock on yours, and a lanky tongue polishes a smile, just for you.
Carol Holmes, thank you so very much for the Photo of the Week nomination.
Thank you, thank you Deborah Downes for the photo of the week nomination.
Also by Pamela Haberman
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